Tihon Chernyaev vs Aleksandrs Karasevics | 2018 FIDE Cadets World Rapid Chess Championship

Tihon Chernyaev from Ukraine played as white against Aleksandrs Karasevics from Latvia during round 4 of the 2018 FIDE Cadets World Rapid Chess Championship, Under 10. This event was held in Minsk, Belarus from June 21-25. The opening is a Caro-Kann, mainline variation where mutliple imbalances would soon surface. Inherit with the mainline, Chernyaev maintains the kingside space advantage throughout, and soon thereafter it’s a brief knight versus bishop battle. A unique endgame arises with only all majors present, and nearly all pawns frozen. The big question would be how exactly could Chernyaev break down Karasevics’s compact defense? Would there be only 1 correct path to victory?

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. Bf4 e6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne5 Nd5 14. Bd2 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qc7 16. Qe4 Bc5 17. f4 O-O-O 18. Qf3 Qb6 19. Ne4 Be7 20. Qg4 Rhg8 21. Qf3 Kb8 22. g4 Nb4 23. a3 Nd5 24. c4 Nc7 25. Bc3 Qb3 26. Nd6 Bxd6 27. exd6 Ne8 28. Qe4 Ka8 29. c5 Rd7 30. f5 Nf6 31. Bxf6 gxf6 32. Kb1 e5 33. Rd3 Qb5 34. Rc3 Qa5 35. Rg1 Rg5 36. Qc4 Qd8 37. Re3 Qe8 38. Qe4 Kb8 39. Rb3 Ka8 40. a4 Qc8 41. a5 a6 42. Rb6 Ka7 43. Rg3 Qb8 44. Qb4 Qc8 45. Rb3 Qb8 46. Rxa6+

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  1. R.i.p. black knight
    Died of lack of improvement

  2. Guys in the comments, don't forget these kids are 8

  3. That b4 idea is quite instructive in closed positions like this

  4. I enjoy watching you analyze games so much!!!

  5. on move 43 i think Rxc7 works, a sacrifice, then play Rg2 defending b2 and then push the d pawn.

  6. At 3:00 I think an interesting idea might be c4. It appears to weaken the white king but this counter blow seems to force Nb6.
    After this white can continue with Bc3. The idea is to open the d file to stop the black queenside castle.
    If Rd8 then Qe2 or Qe4 probably the first to keep e4 for the knight. Then after castles kingside white continues f4 f5 etc. To attack the black king which castles on the other side could have avoided.
    What do you think? Interesting game.

  7. Don't play much chess myself but your videos are very accessible, you explain the imbalances well, thanks Jerry.

  8. In your winning plan at the end, wouldn't it be better to first improve the king position as black can't improve anymore? (it is hard to say where is best for the king, but one step up is an improvement right?).

  9. I’m always so proud when I ace the pop quiz’s 🤔😁

  10. "That knight is a bit upset" 🙁 poor knight

  11. Heh. (Pats himself on back) I saw Bishop A3 first off. I must be improving, thanks to these videos. Appreciate it again Jerry. Cheers.

  12. Ba3 is the move I found on the spot. Weird move

  13. After 43.Rg3 (min. 16) couldn't Black goes for 43…,Qg8 , then if 44.Rb3, Rxg4 follows?

  14. Well now yer just making me feel terribad. >.< I now know there are 8 yr olds better than me! <3 Thanks as always Jerry.

  15. It seems black had fairly strong positional strength. But their tactical skill is probably why they weren't ratedb higher

  16. YES!

    I heckin' NAILED EVERY pop quiz!

    … Except for the one asking for the "plan". I wasn't quite sure what was being asked, so I thought 44 Qxc6! bxc6 45 Rxb8 Kxb8 46 Rb3+ Ka7 47 Rb6 would be a solid continuation, somehow not seeing that 46 … Rb7 would be played, with … Rg8 being enough to halt promotion.

  17. Instructive game on how an 8yo still has ways to improve his chess

  18. I'm so so so happy to see that you're posting regularly lately, Jerry! Thank you so much for all your hard work. We've learned so much from you!

  19. I saw this in my Recommended Videos feed and I decided to take a look at it.
    I was surprised at how interesting it was, I haven't played chess for years and I don't usually find it too appealing because I've never really understood it very well.
    So thank you Jerry, for this interesting upload and for making me change my mind about chess.

  20. once again Jerry great job. forget the negative comments, You just keep doing what you do.

  21. JERRY!
    With respect and gratitude, Tihon and all Chernyaevs

  22. Honestly. I stumbled on this video. It's the first I've seen on this channel and I'm not sure if the person analyzing the videos is the same throughout, but if so, I'm going through many more. I deeply appreciate the careful manner of decision-making discussed. This sort of instruction is sorely lacking in the large majority of chess videos. Generally, they whip through tactics/strategy and little time given to WHY one move is better than another. The narrator doesn't rush through, and gives a person time to contemplate scenarios. Love it.

  23. I'm actually proud that I saw the B4 in your quiz

  24. Hey Jerry, isn't 24. c4 by white to kick the black knight around a very weakening move for white? the hole on b3 really sticks out to me

  25. Talk to us, Jerry 🙁 We need to know when you'll take a break from uploading, don't just stop and leave us hanging.

  26. great teaching skills! enjoying your video so much! keep up the good work !

  27. ChessNetwork, you have greatly improved my chess play and i recently played a game and was able to use tactics you have taught me, take advatage of weaknesses my opponent created, and even was able to get in one of the most beautiful checkmates ever, the smothered mate, I was playing as black. PGN:1. d4 d5 2. f4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c5 4. dxc5 Bf5
    5. Nb5 a6 6. Na3 e6 7. c4 Bxc5 8. Nf3 dxc4
    9. Nxc4 b5 10. Ncd2 Nc6 11. e3 Nb4 12. Be2 Nc2+
    13. Qxc2 Bxc2 14. Bc4 bxc4 15. Nxc4 O-O 16. O-O Bd3
    17. Rd1 Bxc4 18. Bd2 Qc7 19. Ng5 h6 20. Nh3 Rfd8
    21. Kh1 Ne4 22. Bc3 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Rd8 24. Rg1 Bxe3
    25. Rf1 Bxf1 26. b4 Qxc3 27. a4 Ba7 28. b5 axb5
    29. a5 Qc5 30. a6 Qg1+ 31. Nxg1 Nf2#
    and sure i am still a novice, making mistakes and blunders still, in fact we both overlooked a tactic with open d-file QxQ KxQ, but i would not be playing chess without u, so huge thanks, if you reply to this i will think i am dreaming

  28. Top analysis, Jerry!
    It was hard for me to believe that 33… Rxg4 would work. On initial investigation I thought Qe3 would force the queen to move nowhere good, whereafter Qxh6 would threaten immediate mate, hit f6, and unleash what would seem to be a very fast h-pawn, but I guess the computer finds that Qc4-Qf4 (tying the queen to the defence of the rook for one critical move, or similar) holds everything together nicely.

  29. Hi! Jerry, thanks for the video. I saw this video just now. I am Aleksandrs Karasevics's mother. Aleksandrs started playing chess in September 2016, and he fulfilled the norm of the first adult class in October 2017. We have something to strive for! 🙂

  30. Knight/Queen/Rook behind an advanced pawn… it doesn't get much better than that.

  31. Didn't you run into Tihon on Lichess a while back?

  32. I am amazed to how long and good black defended, considering the huge rating difference.

  33. Wow Jerry! Your my favorite binge channel at the moment. I haven't played chess since HS and I fail every quiz you give but this is still mesmerizing to watch.
    I tried one of your little clinic vids and felt kinda dumb for my lack of an intuitive tactical instinct. That was a bit of a bummer to me, but shortly thereafter I saw one of your Tihon uploads and realized your uploads have far more to offer than just the great chess commentary. This is very good edutainment.
    YT suggested one of your battle of the AI's upload obviously because of my other interests. I haven't followed chess before but had heard of Carlsen. I watched a few of his games, then watched an entire upload of his '1min bullet tournament berserker thing' (I never thought I'd watch 1hr+ of chess but… well… ya got me). I found your analysis of a couple Bobby Fisher games to be interesting too. Ultimately, I think your analysis of the kids is the most fantastic concept and has a wonderful appeal to anyone even remotely familiar with chess. It's both humbling, exciting, educational, and gives you the opportunity to teach from both sides of the fence by showing the mistakes, brilliance, and opportunities while being less intimidating to someone like me.

    Personally, I thought I would watch a few uploads here for a day or two and move on to other interests. It wasn't until after I watched the upload of Tihon where you played his live reactions and commentary that I realized I want to watch more of this. I even subscribed to Tihon's YT channel after watching that one. Great kid, and fun to watch.
    Thanks for your uploads, and sharing your enthusiasm for the game.

  34. Instead of having Fabiano Caruana play Magnus next month, let's just put Tihon out there and see what happens

  35. why would f5 for black on move 20 not be recommended. Hopefully I remember to see what the computer thinks of that move tomorrow.. Perhaps a messy pawn structure.. Or I am missing a blunder again.

  36. This is by far the best chess channel on YouTube. You’re awesome Jerry❤️

  37. What i took away from this is do NOT play against that 7yr old lol

  38. "This knight is a bit upset" is for some reason the funniest thing I've heard all week

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